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Have Karl, Will Travel: In Honor of Today’s Chanel Show in Dubai, a Look Back at the Brand’s Most Memorable Cruise Collections

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051314_Chanel_Cruise_Roundup_BLOGWhat makes a fashion show more than just another fashion show? These days, creating a truly memorable experience is often as much about having an elaborate set or transporting guests to far-flung locales as it is about presenting beautiful clothes. In these regards, Chanel is the full package—and then some. In addition to its semiannual spectacles at the Grand Palais during Paris fashion week, the French powerhouse has also championed the modern concept of “destination shows” with its thematic Métiers d’Art extravaganzas during the off-seasons. After summoning the international jet set to Dallas back in December for Pre-Fall, Karl Lagerfeld and co. have descended upon Dubai today for the label’s latest Cruise collection. Why Dubai? No doubt, the clout of the Middle Eastern consumer has something to do with it. On the other hand, where else is left for Chanel to set up shop for Resort? Last year found the double-C’s crowd in Singapore, while previous venues have included Versailles, Saint-Tropez, Venice, Miami, New York’s Grand Central Terminal, and even a giant plane hangar in Los Angeles. Those sites have set the stage for many unforgettable moments—from a pair of logo-ed Challenger 601 jets taxiing down the runway in 2007 to Georgia May Jagger speeding past the famed Sénéquier café on the back of a motorcycle in 2010. Whether today’s show stirs controversy as some of the outfits in Dallas did or simply inspires oohs and aahs, Chanel’s Dubai adventure is bound to give us something to talk about. Stay tuned for Tim Blanks’ review later this evening.

In the meantime, here’s a slideshow of highlights from Chanel’s past Cruise shows.

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